A Superior Court jury continued its deliberations through Tuesday morning, trying to determine the guilt or innocence of a man charged with killing his estranged wife.
While the jury was out, Robert Lee Pastuer shuffled between a holding cell and the courtroom, waiting to find out if he would go free or spend time in jail on charges that he killed Narskelsky Pastuer in the fall of 2006.
From her wheelchair, Marguerite Pleasants reached out and gently caressed the 4-foot-high rock, as if it were her young boy.
Slowly, Pleasants guided her hands down the sculpture before pausing near its center. She stared deeply into the rock, momentarily mesmerized by a lifetime of memories — some wonderful and some far too painful.
Then she smiled, with friends, family and Louisburg High football players surrounding her in the celebration and dedication of the monument for her son, James Robert “Crow” Patterson, during a victorious home game over Bunn High on Friday night.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners awarded a $434,000 bid for a Louisburg sewer project that would benefit both entities.
The decision was made at roughly the same time that the Louisburg Town Council was considering an issue that could divide them both.
The Franklin County Tourism Development Authority recommended funding one request, denied another and asked for more details on another.
Board members also called a work session for next month to discuss demands that could easily surpass revenue for the next fiscal year.
The Franklin County Shriners requested $2,000 to help with its annual fish fry, scheduled for Oct. 8.
Two months after Health Management Associates top executive visited Louisburg and gave community leaders reason to believe a proposed relocation could work to the benefit of the entire county, the Naples, Fla., company named a new president and chief executive officer.
HMA announced it hired Gary Newsome as its newest executive this week, replacing Burke Whitman, who had been with the company for two years and was responsible for helping the company turn around its financial picture.
RALEIGH - Ralph Fleming Faulkner, 75, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 17) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.
FRANKLINTON – Gregory Allen Given, 46, died Friday morning, Sept. 12, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Louisburg. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton.
ZEBULON - Kenneth Charles Pearce, 37, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 17) at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale.
ZEBULON - Flossie Watson Robinson died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Lea Funeral Home. Interment was in the Raleigh National Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - Lucille Helen Manson, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at Warren Hills Nursing Center, Warrenton. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 16, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Andre Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Franklinton.
FRANKLINTON - Dorine Lawrence Kimble, 52, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2008 at Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 13, at First Baptist Church in Franklinton, with the Rev. Andre Johnson officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
RALEIGH - Funeral services for John L. Johnson Jr., 75, who died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, Louisburg, with Rev. Dunston officiating. Burial will follow in the Mary Helen Jones cemetery.
LOUISBURG – Larry Carter Wynne, 42, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 16, 2008 at his home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Marshall Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Terrence Antwan “Weezy” Lynch, 22, who died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 17) at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
RALEIGH - Johnnie William Goodwin, 81, of Raleigh, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 in Duke Raleigh Hospital.
LOUISBURG - For Louisburg, it had to end this way -- a heroic ending to a historic, unforgettable night.
On an evening when all-time great James Robert ‘Crow’ Patterson was honored, another Louisburg legend-to-be -- senior Greg Small -- came through with the winning touchdown of a 28-20 victory over ultimate rival Bunn in front of an overflow crowd last Friday at the new Patterson Field on the LHS campus.
Small’s 33-yard gallop in the closing minute helped the Warriors collect their first victory over the Wildcats since 2003.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Brent Cardwell would like to assure everyone that there is indeed a method to his scheduling madness.
Cardwell, Louisburg High’s boys soccer coach, has dotted his team’s 2008 ledger with a wealth of tough opponents, and the result is a 3-7-1 record so far for the Warriors.
LHS has already been topped by the likes of East Wake, Nash Central, Roanoke Rapids and Bunn. And there’s even more difficulty upcoming, as the Warriors still have to play a combined three matches against area powers Northern Nash (twice) and Franklinton (once).
Coaches love to gauge their success level by the status of their program when they leave it -- as opposed to how things were when they started.
If that’s the case, David Howle has to be one of the greatest coaches alive.
This week, Howle announced his retirement at Bunn High School after 21 years. Howle will step down at the conclusion of the season, though he expects to remain at BHS as a teacher.
RALEIGH -- Clark Harrell’s first victory as the Franklinton High School football coach came in similar fashion to so many others during his successful career.
It was paved on the ground.
Franklinton’s wing-T offense racked up a whopping 397 yards -- including 338 on 28 carries from Michael Crudup -- as the Red Rams rolled to a 54-6 road conquest Friday at North Raleigh Christian.
NASH COUNTY -- Listed are last weekend’s high school football results in North Carolina:
PEARL, MISS. -- J.C. Holt scampered home with the championship run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Mississippi Braves claimed their first Southern League title with a Game Five 3-2 victory over the Carolina Mudcats last Saturday night.
With Holt at second and Matt Young at first base after reaching on one-out singles against Carolina reliever Jeff Gogal, Chris Mobley uncorked a wild pitch.
While surrounded by family members, Marguerite Pleasants (in wheelchair) lifts the cover off ‘Crow’s Rock’ at Louisburg High School. The rock commemorates the life of Mrs. Pleasants son, Crow Patterson, who died in the 1970 Marshall University plane crash.
The golf carts are lined up and ready for the players at the River Golf Club for the annual Safe Space Inc. golf tournament fund-raiser, which was Friday, Aug. 8. The fund-raiser generated nearly $5,000 dollars for the domestic violence agency. Prize money was distributed to the winning teams.
The Friends of the Youngsville Library’s August Adult Reading Contest winner is Pamela Willis of Louisburg. Willis, above, is one of more than 60 contestants and won a bucket of car care items as well as a $100 gas card.
The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association annual Beef Roast is slated for Friday, Sept. 19.
It will be at the Shannon Village Shopping Center at the Franklin County Farmers Market pavilion from 11 a.m. until sold out.
Advance tickets are available at the Franklin County Extension Center and through Dot Wester at Wester Feeds for $7 each (tickets must be presented before 2 p.m. for a guaranteed plate) or plates can be purchased at the event for $8 each.
Youngsville Mayor Sam Hardwick, second from right, and County Commissioner Don Lancaster , left, were among the attendees for the recent grand opening of the new Rainbow Garden Chinese Restaurant at 1170 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 130 in the Youngsville Crossing Shopping Center. The ribbon cutting was held by the Youngsville Area Business Association (YABA) to welcome the newest business to town. Also above are restaurant owner Cunchang Lin and restaurant manager Jennifer Lin.
AGCO Corp. has recognized Louisburg Tractor for superior achievement upon completion of the Continuous Improvement Program, AGCO’s annual dealer evaluation review.
AGCO is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment.
Bobby Cummings of AGCO recently presented James Bumpass, president of Louisburg Tractor, with a Silver Medallion Dealer’s plaque as recognition for the company’s excellence in the Continuous Improvement Program.
Dr. Linda Weidler, a Louisburg chiropractor, has achieved pediatric certification following completion of a 180-hour curriculum.
The training focused on techniques and protocols of care for children and pregnant women. Those who have completed the program are listed as having a Pediatric Board Certification status and have the initials CACCP after their names.
The Franklin County Airport Commission committed to moving forward with plans that could bring in a national aviation event.
Organizers of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In spoke to airport members Sept. 9 about the event, which has become the second largest aviation convention of its kind.
The nearly week-long event, which began 34 years ago, brings in pilots and planes from across the world to take part in forums, entertainment, air shows and educational opportunities.
An organizational meeting to form a Ben Franklin Society in Franklin County has been set for Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the county commissioners’ meeting Room, 113 Market St., Louisburg.
People of all ages are welcome to attend.
On Sept. 10, the Franklin County Arts Council officially reactivated the Franklin County Historical Society.
The society was initially formed by two Louisburg College professors, Lindly Butler of the History Department and Gerald Shinn of the Religion and Philosophy Department.
Erica Alston used criticism she received as a child to push her toward her career goals as an adult.
“Being told throughout primary and secondary education that I did not have what it took to be successful became my motivation to prove all the naysayers wrong,” she said.
And her grandmother taught her an important lesson in life. “I did not get here alone; I stand upon the shoulders of those who came before me.”
Fourth-grade students from Joy Widmann’s class at Crosscreek Charter School take a walking field trip to the Farmer’s Market in Louisburg. They collected data about local products and market conditions, used mental math skills when making purchases, and learned about the local market and economy. They bought from the local vendors. Many were surprised at the wide variety of produce, baked goods and other products available.